Port Clinton dedicates tree to Girl Scouts on Arbor Day

Apr 30, 2024 | Featured, Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Members of Girl Scout Troops 1062 and 10711 spread mulch around a Sun Valley Red Maple Tree at Portage Park on Arbor Day. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

The City of Port Clinton and the Tree Commission Members celebrated Arbor Day on April 26 by adding another tree to the city landscape. A Sun Valley Red Maple Tree was planted at Portage Park and dedicated to local Girl Scouts during the City of Port Clinton 2024 Arbor Day Ceremony. Members of Troops 1062 and 10711 helped plant the tree and gave presentations on different tree species.

Port Clinton Mayor Mike Snider introduced the members of the Tree Commission who were present for the event. They were Chairman Larry Holman, Jerry Tarolli, Roger Domokos and Lisa Bodi.

Members of the Port Clinton Tree Commission hosted an Arbor Day Ceremony at Portage Park on April 26. Shown here are, from left, Lisa Bodi, Larry Holman, Roger Domokos and Jerry Tarolli. Not pictured is commission member Ed Urban. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“Larry has at least ten years of doing this,” Snider said. “I don’t know any volunteer that does more than Larry.”

The mayor said that more trees will soon grace the city.

“The city and county are in line for federal grant money that can be used for trees and landscaping needs,” Snider said. “We have a long list of trees to take down and more to come in.”

Port Clinton has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 35 years, and Arbor Day has been celebrated for over 150 years.

Charlotte Ward gives a presentation about Cherry Trees at the City of Port Clinton 2024 Arbor Day Ceremony. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“Arbor Day started in 1872, and, in 1970, President Richard Nixon declared the last Friday in April as Arbor Day,” Holman said.

Many people helped make the event special. The maple tree was donated by Port Clinton Kiwanis Club, hot chocolate was donated by Coffee Express, cookies were donated by councilman-at-large Jerry Tarolli, and gift cards were donated by Saucey Slices Pizzeria.

Rosemary Schramm leads the National Anthem as Larry Holman sings along. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

In addition to the Girl Scouts, other community members took part in the ceremony. Rosemary Schramm sang the National Anthem, Deacon Maury Hall of Immaculate Conception Church gave the opening and closing prayers, and poems were read by city council members Lisa Sarty, Pat Hovis and Beth Gillman. Tree Commission Member Roger Domokos explained why the commission chose a Sun Valley Red Maple.

“They are a quick-growing deciduous tree with a height of 20 to 35 feet and a crown spread of 15 to 25 feet,” he said. “

Members of Girl Scout Troops 1062 and 10711 lead the Pledge of Alliance. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Domokos said the tree can live for over 100 years.

“It will have amazing fall colors,” he said.

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